Once you’ve got your books out there, you can’t just say, “That’s done!” and forget about them. If a bookstore or other venue calls and wants more, you need to send or deliver right away. You can’t let it go, just because you’re busy.
This was a crazy busy week, and I wasn’t sure I could deliver any books. And I was supposed to be getting posters and flyers about the Florence Festival of Books to towns up and down the coast. Here’s how I got it done.
Monday––I had a 10 a.m. appointment to tape a segment about the Florence Festival of Books (FFOB) at the radio station for the upcoming Our Town program. Then I went back home to get ready for FFOB meetings that afternoon and the next day. At 2 p.m. I met with my co-chair Connie Bradley and committee member and Florence Events Center Community Outreach Manager Lindsey Phillips and we assigned tables to authors and publishers.
Deadline was September 6 and we ended up with a full house: 9 publishers and 80 authors plus 1 group of 6-8-year-old authors participating. We made sure those who want to sit next to a particular table get to, those sharing are at the same table as their sharing partner, those who paid for an eight-foot table get it, those who paid for a six-foot table get it, those wanting electricity are placed in the section that will have it, that the children have extra space, that the one with a wheelchair is placed near the front and on an end, and so on.
When we were through, I headed for Yachats. I had called ahead to Mari’s Books and Mary said she would stick around.(Mari’s is operated by sisters Mary and Mari.) They close at 5 p.m, and I got there about 5:15. If I hadn’t called ahead, I would have missed Mary. She had called me last week and left a message regarding needing books.
Wednesday––I got up at 3:30 a.m. to take a friend to the hospital at River Bend in Springfield. She arrived at my house at 5:30 and we were there in plenty of time for her 7:30 appointment. It was the first of a few appointments preceding a two-hour procedure that did not involve surgery. It would be followed by a couple of hours of recovery. So at 9:30 I headed for Eugene’s downtown. I had called ahead the day before between meetings. So everyone was expecting me.
I parked close to J. Michaels bookstore and then walked to SmithFamily Bookstore. It’s always hard to find parking there. I walked 10 to 12 blocks there and the same back. It gave me some exercise, and I had plenty of time. Smith Family bought some books and both bookstores were glad to have flyers and posters about the FFOB. Then I drove over to Black Sun and then as usual got lost trying to find Tsunami. It is close by, but I seem to always get turned around and head back toward the U of O campus and then get really lost. I did eventually find it. Both venues were pleased with the flyers and posters also. Then I headed back to the hospital and ate my lunch there.
I arrived back in the waiting room about 1 p.m., and at 4 p.m., I was allowed in to see my friend. I got her prescriptions filled before she was discharged. And about 6 p.m., we were heading home. She spent the night at my house, since they didn’t want her alone that night.
Friday––I spent part of the morning getting invoices ready and wrapping parcels of books for Gold Beach Books and Bloomsbury Books in Ashland, both had called earlier in the week. I also prepared a parcel for Langlois Library that included packets of flyers and posters for libraries in Port Orford, Gold Beach, and Brookings that will be delivered through their library system.
The Historic Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center called on Thursday needing more books. So Friday morning, I made calls to other places carrying my books in Waldport, Newport, Otter Rock, and Lincoln City. I didn’t get though to everyone, but I left messages. So after lunch, I headed up the coast. It was overcast––no glare, no rain––my favorite driving weather. I stopped at every place I had called.
In Waldport, I delivered five books at the Interp Center and dropped off flyers and posters there and at the library. In Newport, I dropped off flyers and posters at the chamber of commerce, at Nye Beach Book House, at the library, and at Yaquina Head Interpretive Center. Yaquina Head also bought 12 books. At Otter Rock, I stopped at the Flying Dutchman Winery and delivered six books. In Lincoln City, I dropped off flyers and posters at Bob’s Beach Books and the library. Got home about 8 p.m.
Bottom line: I sold 23 books on Friday, three on Wednesday, and five on Monday plus the seven I mailed. A total of 38 books sold this week. It wasn’t easy, but I squeezed it in!